Richard Shears, Martin Robinson — Mail Online Jan 5, 2015
The ‘slave’ who claims she had sex with Prince Andrew while under-age is writing a book that threatens to go into forensic detail about her alleged involvement with the Duke of York, MailOnline can reveal today.
She also plans to name American politicians, business executives, foreign presidents and a well-known Prime Minister she claims Jeffrey Epstein forced her to sleep with.
MailOnline understands that Miss Roberts, whose father has retracted claims she met the Queen, could publish the book this year, which means the scandal shows no sign of abating for the royal family.
Miss Roberts was pictured outside a home in Denver, Colorado yesterday, where she is understood to have retreated to be with her husband, Robert, mother and stepfather.
Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace is said to have conceded the furore ‘isn’t going to go away’. Prince Andrew is expected to hold crisis talks with the Queen today as he returned to Britain after a luxury holiday with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and daughter Eugenie.
The Duke of York was locked inside a £22,000-a-week ski lodge in Verbier for two days after he was accused of abusing the girl ‘procured’ for him by his close friend and convicted paedophile Epstein.
The extraordinary allegation made by Virginia Roberts is part of a US civil case against shamed billionaire Epstein. She claims Prince Andrew had sex with her when she was 17 – a minor under US law – and employed as a ‘sex slave’ by Epstein.
The fifth in line to the throne slept with Miss Roberts at an orgy with other under-age girls on Epstein’s private Caribbean island, as well as in a private house in London and in Epstein’s New York mansion, according to the court papers.
The prince – who looked sombre as he left his luxury £22,000-a-week Swiss ski chalet yesterday – is today expected to meet with his most senior aides and lawyers in his mansion close to Windsor Castle.
It is also understood he will reassure his mother at the earliest possible opportunity that the claims he faces are false.
But if Miss Roberts does publish a tell-all book, which expands on the claims she made in court papers, it could be a major embarrassment to Prince Andrew and the Royal Family.
It could also lead to the naming of other high profile people and could lead to further police investigations and to some prosecutions.
MailOnline was told today by one of Ms Roberts’ closest friends that she had started planning the book at least a year ago, before she and her husband Robert decided to move from Australia to the United States, her native country.
But until today, when MailOnline broke news of the scandal to a number of her friends who had not read about it, her friends and neighbours had regarded her as just one of the mothers who were bound together by their children attending the same school in New South Wales.
‘The fact that never boasted or talked about it to any of us to my knowledge lends credibility to what she went through in my estimation,’ said Kate Kirton who formed a close friendship with Ms Roberts because each of their three children went to the same school and were the same ages – eight, six and three.
‘She was probably the most open, friendly person you could care to meet.
‘There is no way she could be regarded as a fantasist or anything like that. She was the kind of person who told things as they were – very ordinary, very likeable.’
But there was that moment when, in a passing conversation on a school day, Ms Roberts mentioned she had started writing a book.
‘I never asked her what it was about, but now following what I’ve been reading about her, it all fits in – she is writing about what she went through, because what else would she be writing about?’
The high probability that Ms Roberts is writing her disturbing life story will come as bad news for Buckingham Palace – should details of her alleged encounters with the Duke of York go into print.